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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj adrift afloat on the surface of a body of water "after the storm the boats were adrift"
    • adj adrift aimlessly drifting
    • adv adrift off course, wandering aimlessly "there was a search for beauty that had somehow gone adrift"
    • adv adrift floating freely; not anchored "the boat wasset adrift"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv. & a Adrift Floating at random; in a drifting condition; at the mercy of wind and waves. Also fig. "So on the sea shall be set adrift .""Were from their daily labor turned adrift ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • adrift Floating at random; not fastened by any kind of moorings; at the mercy of winds and currents.
    • adrift Hence Figuratively, swayed by any chance impulse; all abroad; at a loss.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj., adv Adrift a-drift′ floating as driven (by the wind): moving at random.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-,for on,) + drift,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prep. a, and Drift.


In literature:

There is a buoy adrift!
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, No. 23, February, 1873, Vol. XI. No. 23." by Various
This is an immediate warning and apprisement that something is adrift.
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
Only a small fishing vessel lay alongside, and that we cast adrift, taking its place.
"Wulfric the Weapon Thane" by Charles W. Whistler
But neither did she want to cut herself finally adrift from all chance of contact with him.
"The Lamp in the Desert" by Ethel M. Dell
Quite promptly, I remember, he set adrift upon the sea of Alcott.
"McClure's Magazine, Volume VI, No. 3. February 1896" by Various
A mile distant one of these barges appears like a haystack which an accident has set adrift.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
There was a rush of feet on deck, loud shouts and cries of "Throw them a rope," "Set adrift the life buoy," "Where's that life belt?
"A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"" by Russell Doubleday
A proper night for an enemy to be adrift in a powerless hulk.
"Wide Courses" by James Brendan Connolly
Maybe it was just a few floating boards washed adrift from some vessel.
"Boy Scouts in Southern Waters" by G. Harvey Ralphson
At the very moment, however, that he found himself adrift Illinois was filled with excitement over the Black Hawk War.
"The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln" by Francis Fisher Browne
The Light Horsemen have cut her adrift.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
These, acting as battering-rams, tore adrift some of my carefully stowed petrol cases and endangered the lot.
"The Worst Journey in the World, Volumes 1 and 2" by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
While waiting for his train in the Washington station he was startled to find that, of a sudden, he was adrift between the Old and the New.
"The Man Thou Gavest" by Harriet T. Comstock
An' weren't you comin' from there when you goes adrift?
"Bobby of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
Why, and by whom, she had been set adrift thus, or what had befallen her crew, we could not guess.
"A Sea Queen's Sailing" by Charles Whistler
If we left them in the water, one might break adrift and float out beyond the trees.
"With Wolfe in Canada" by G. A. Henty
The next week he was adrift again, quite well used up from heavy work, but very active.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
It was curious how those adrift seemed always to glide his way.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
It is your business to carry the vessel into the Capes of Virginia, and mine to cut the topsail adrift.
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
He saw too clearly that True Blue must have been one of those who had been carried off in the French ship when she broke adrift from them.
"True Blue" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

A broken, an emptied boat,
Sea saps it, winds blow apart,
Sick and adrift and afloat,
The barren waif of a heart.
"Satia te Sanguine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Farewell to them: yet pause ere thou unmoor
And set thine ark adrift on unknown seas;
How wert thou bettered so, or more secure
Thou, and thy destinies?
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
So small they are, with feathers ruffled blown,
Adrift between earth desolate and leaden sky;
Nor have they ever known
Any but frozen earth, and scudding clouds on high.
"Snow-Bunting" by Frank Prewett
Though, with never a word of farewell spoken
In lonely wilds of some Desert place,
You have flung me from you, adrift and broken,
To wait the child of your last embrace.
"Oh, Life, I Have Taken You For My Lover!" by Laurence Hope
In a sudden gust the flock are whirled away
Uttering a frightened, chirping cry,
And are lost like a wraith of departing day,
Adrift between earth desolate and leaden sky.
"Snow-Bunting" by Frank Prewett
Betimes we were out on the Sea, together;
The vessel raced down the great green slope
Of mountainous waves, in desperate weather ;
The hearts of men were adrift from hope.
"Oh, Life, I Have Taken You For My Lover!" by Laurence Hope

In news:

The Adrift bar features 40 rum varieties and a menu of small plates created by executive chef Wade Kirwan.
C's adrift in summer dreams.
Fire aboard Costa liner leaves cruise ship adrift .
Fire leaves cruise ship adrift off Seychelles.
An Alaskan fisherman thrown into the sea when his boat sank survived a night adrift by turning a four-foot plastic tub into an impromptu lifeboat.
The Gunners are in sixth place, four points adrift of fourth-place Chelsea, which is still to play Manchester City on Sunday.
BELLINGHAM — A Bellingham couple was instrumental in the rescue of a man adrift for 26 hours in a plastic fish bin in Alaskan waters.
A Bellingham couple was instrumental in the rescue of a man adrift for 26 hours in a plastic fish bin in Alaskan waters.
The 23-foot boat, the Rock n Reel, was spotted adrift and unoccupied about 11 am Monday a mile off the Wildwood shore early Monday afternoon by a passing boater .
Stephen Andrews In a season when people are taken up with the cinematic tale of a boy and a tiger set adrift on the ocean, my mind went immediately to Jerome K Jerome's Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog J.
Adrift, miles from civilization .
In the weeks after the shooting death of 17-year-old drummer Keith Stimson, the Plymouth Whitemarsh High School marching band's metronome was adrift.
Sitka fisherman survives day at sea adrift in fish tote.
As if they didn't feel forsaken enough, waiting for their town to go bankrupt or a lahar to sweep them away, now they're adrift in political limbo.
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